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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires/William Henry is a Fine NameCathy GohlkeMoody Publishers / Trade Paperback$16.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Annie Allen doesnt care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gonelike their mother and fatherand the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annies letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promiseand find the woman hes grown to lovebefore shes lost forever.
Gohlke's historical romance, set during the time of the Titanic and World War I, explores the depth of human nature and emotions through its three-dimensional, compelling characters, Michael and Annie, as well as numerous minor characters. They keep a familiar and sometimes overused setting from becoming a cliche. Placing the sinking Titanic within its historical context just before World War I also helps keep the story fresh.
Promise Me This illustrates the truth shown in John Bunyan's classic work, Pilgrim's Progress: when we drop our burdens at the foot of the cross, we find peace and freedom. Or, as Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you." Although this is not a book for readers who want heart-pounding action on every page, Promise Me This will certainly satisfy romance readers who enjoy historical details and character-driven plots. Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Taking a break from work to watch the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage, Michael Dunnagan meets passenger Owen Allen and decides to stow away in hopes of convincing Owen to let him join his uncles business in America. But the so-called unsinkable ship strikes an iceberg, and a dying Owen extracts a promise from Michael that he will care for Owens relatives in America and his sister Annie, still in England. Annie cant bear the thought that Michael lived when her brother was lost, but the two develop a friendship through the letters they exchange. When World War I breaks out and Annies letters stop, Michael drops everything to find the woman he has come to love.VERDICT: No matter how many times the Titanics sinking has been depicted in film and in print, the 1912 maritime tragedy continues to fascinate us. This dramatic and heart-wrenching interpretation by two-time Christy Award winner Gohlke (William Henry Is a Fine Name; I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires) will enthrall fans of character-driven CF and readers who enjoy Francine Rivers.